Common Core Assessments

Status of the California Standards Test (CST)
In September 2013, California Department of Education received approval and issued a press release to end administration of the California Standards Test (CST) in English-Language Arts and Mathematics (California Assembly Bill 484).  Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will take the CST for Science in the spring of 2014 for the final time.  This year, all students will participate in the first district-wide pilot of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium end-of-year assessment that will replace the CST.  The 2014 administration will be considered a pilot, and the 2015 administration will yield our first official scores and statewide data on student performance in the Common Core.

What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium? 
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a multi-state consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of the two multi-state consortia awarded funding from the US Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014 - 2015 school year (

Please use the links below to learn more about the SBAC and to see sample test items similar to those your child will see when they take the new assessments in the spring of 2014. 

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